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Bon Secours Named a 2007 Best Company for Working Mothers Nationally Working Mother Magazine recognizes Bon Secours for ninth year

RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 25, 2007) – Bon Secours Richmond Health System has been named one of Working Mother magazine’s 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers for the ninth year.

This national recognition represents Bon Secours’ programs and company-wide benefits to ensure the retention and advancement of working mothers.

“We are honored to be placed in the Top 100 list for another year, bringing Bon Secours nearly a decade of recognition,” said Peter J. Bernard, chief executive officer of Bon Secours Richmond Health System. “This honor resonates throughout our health system. Our employees understand the need for quality compassionate care and our programs help make it possible for them to balance caring for others while caring for themselves.”

Bon Secours Richmond Health System was selected for the 2007 Working Mother 100 Best Companies based on an extensive application process, which included questions regarding all areas of the organization relative to compensation, work schedule and job flexibility, and programs targeted at making work/life balance possible for working parents.

The application process also evaluated the organization’s process for tracking the use of its programs, the number of employees who utilize the benefits and the accountability of managers who oversee the programs.

“It is vital to make certain that programs are working for our employees,” said Bonnie Shelor, senior vice president for human resources at Bon Secours Richmond Health System.

“We evaluate constantly to make sure the programs in place are actually working to the benefit of our employees and also to ensure that employees know and understand what’s available to them.”

Seven specific areas were measured and scored:

  • Workforce profile
  • Compensation
  • Child Care
  • Flexibility
  • Time-off and leave policies
  • Family-friendly programs
  • Company culture

According to Working Mother, this year’s competition placed particular weight on two specific areas: flexibility and family-friendly policies. Bon Secours ranked above average or higher in workforce profile, child care services, time off/leave, family friendly programs and company culture.

One standout features of Bon Secours Richmond Health System’s employee benefits is its Family Care Centers, child care centers located on-site at three of its hospitals.

“Bon Secours’ dedication to working mothers, fathers and in some cases grandparents, enables parents to develop a stable balance between professional and familial responsibilities,” said Bernard.

Bon Secours Richmond Health System is a not-for-profit health system with four hospitals in the Richmond area: St. Mary’s Hospital, St. Francis Medical Center, Memorial Regional Medical Center and Richmond Community Hospital.

The complete list of the 2007 Working Mother 100 Best Companies can be found at

Methodology: To apply for the Working Mother 100 Best, Bon Secours Richmond Health System provided Working Mother magazine with detailed information on seven areas of work/life balance – workforce profile, compensation, child care, flexibility, time off/leave, family friendly programs and company culture. Bon Secours completed a nearly 600 question application, which checked the availability, tracking and usage of programs to support working mothers, accountability of managers to implement programs and the successful advancement of women into top paying jobs, board positions and management ranks.

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